Dawn s disappeared a month ago, leaving a note that she was eloping, but Chloe is than doubtful No matter the happiness and elation, Dawn would ve contacted her Which never happened So, suspecting foul play, Chloe took the position of Nissa s tutor, suspecting everyone around her, even her attractively mysterious employer, Damian Graylord.
This story was a bit over the top for me There was just too much of everything crammed in those 253 pages I know the author strived for a mysterious, chilling and thrilling tale, but using every single trick in the how to write a suspense novel overdid it.
We have the almost gothic atmosphere of mist shrouded house, pastures, and dangerously steep bluffs where a horse fell to his death There s the ghost of the dead horse, leading the heroine to small clues as to what the truth might be We have a missing presumed dead ex mistress of the house, a cheating, lying, materialistic bitca that made her husband s life living hell too Rebecca ish for me There s a missing presumed eloped and happily married summer tutor The heroine is involved in three suspicious incidents that almost cost her life she s pushed into the wall and looses consciousness, she s almost run over in town, she suffers from monoxide poisoning There s a hidden treasure in rough cut diamonds somewhere in the house, which is littered with several secret passageways that could explain the odd noises in the attic Then there s the sour faced, downright hostile toward the heroine, housekeeper again too similar to Rebecca And of course, the mysterious, intriguing, dark and handsome Damian Graylord that might have had something to do with the disappearance of both his ex wife and the former tutor.
Sorry, but Damian Graylord didn t come through as the mysterious, intriguing, dark, and handsome leading man for me, but along the lines of a schizophrenic, close mouthed, brooding a hole with the need for some serious anger management sessions.
And the heroine was just plain silly Not yet in the TSTL territory, but definitely borderline She suspected everyone, even the man that made her tingle Sheesh Honey, you just don t sleep with a guy you suspect might be a murderer It just isn t done I just couldn t stand the chit.
Also, the constant change of narrative point of view was bothersome at best, horrendous at worst The jumping from first person to third person and back was confusing, tiresome, and just provided a further reason as to why this story sucked.
Oh, and the villain could be spotted from a mile away Dissapointing.
Actual Rating 2.
5 Stars This book was exciting right great It had everything romance, danger, and a touch of the supernatural